Originally Posted by Kane2207
You are much better off using trusted review sites
Plenty of problems with review sites as well. Many of them have significant incentive to emphasize the positive aspects of a review and they often receive cherry picked review samples that may not be a good representation of what one is likely to encounter retail. Also, review sites rarely have hardware long enough to do a really detailed examination of it.
Indeed my current board had issues so major that I had to go out and buy another board to use while the firmware matured.
These issues weren't some random niche problem either. Every
single X79S-UP5 behaves the same way prior to the F4u firmware, yet no
review makes any mention of it. No reviewers seem to have noticed it. Why? Because they were not thorough. Almost no one is.
Every major review site, and even Sin's review on OCN completely missed the fact that any 3930k (and possibly other i7s) C2 used on this board would throttle at heavy loads because of a broken TDP limiter, but everyone who actually checked for this problem found it.
There are way more reviews that more closely resemble advertisements than critical analyses.Edited by Blameless - 2/10/13 at 5:12am